June 3, 1998
NEW YORK -Seven Washington baseball players were selected on the yesterday's first day of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft. Four of those seven players were taken inside of the first five rounds.
Never before have there been so many Washington players taken on only once before has a UW player gone inside the first five rounds. All seven players are juniors.
All-American outfielder Chris Magruder was the first UW player picked. The junior from Yakima was taken by the San Francisco Giants in the second round. Magruder is the all-time UW leader in runs and stolen bases and was a three-time All-Pac-10 North pick.
Kevin Miller, an All-American shortstop from Seattle's Ballard High, was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the third round. Miller is Washington's all-time leader in home runs and RBI and was named the Pac-10 North Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997.
Catcher Ryan Bundy, from Lake Stevens, was the Toronto Blue Jays' fourth-round pick. Bundy has been called the nation's top junior defensive catcher by several publications.
Third baseman Ryan Lentz, an All-Pac-10 North player from Woodinville, was selected in the fifth round by Montreal. The left-handed hitting slugger ranks in the top five in UW history in career homers, hits, RBI and doubles.
Also selected were right-handed pitchers Wayne Lee (22nd round, Kansas City), Tom Linarelli (22nd round, Boston) and Bryan Williamson (24th round, Oakland).
The 25th through 50th rounds of the draft were scheduled to be completed today, with a chance that several other Husky players could be selected.